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  1. secretvampire

    New AV Receiver

    Yes, that is entirely worth waiting for if I want a reasonably future-proof box. Thanks!
  2. secretvampire

    New AV Receiver

    Meh, I'm not in a hurry, I'd rather have something that will likely last me another 5+ years. I am feeling lazy, so educate me on what HDMI 2.1 is going to bring to the table?
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    New AV Receiver

    Going to piggyback on this thread, as I tend to do. I landed a pretty sweet new job a month ago after being out of work since early February, the (not so) hilarious part being I took the plunge and bought my expensive BITCHIN' Sony 4k projector like a month and a half before my previous gig unexpectedly ended. 😀 To be fair, I don't regret it, it's a wonderful projector combined with the fixed screen I put in at the same time, just inexplicable timing. I'm over it. However, it's time to address the processing side of things. I mentioned in another thread, if you were to put a gun to my head and try to get me to admit I bought my Denon x4000 receiver five years ago, I'd laugh in your face...but it's true and I can't believe it. It's been great, but the limitations are piling up. It can't handle 4k/60fps/HDR signals, so I've literally been manually switching an external cable between my PC and UHD player for such things which certainly gets annoying. No support for the latest codecs like Atmos. Considering I can still get a good $300 on Ebay for my x4000 and some of these I see suggested are in the $600 range, it seems like a no-brainer to step up. Anything I'm missing?
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    PICARD Returns in new Trek series

    I endorse all of this!
  5. secretvampire

    The Investing Thread

    Cool, I 100% agree. Just wanted to clarify in case you didn't have a sizable percentage of your IRA portfolio in mutual funds. Anybody who is completely forgoing the stock market would be tremendously screwing themselves over the long haul.
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    The Investing Thread

    Confused, you say you don't invite in stocks, so you have the IRAs but only leave the money in cash or bonds? Or you just don't invest in individual stocks (I don't either)? I have been all about index funds through Vanguard the last ten years, and my wife and I still have older 401ks through Fidelity and TIAA-CREF that are all devoted to their low-cost target index funds. We've never taken any money out, as you shouldn't if you are nowhere close to retirement age, the people who did around the 2008 crash were complete idiots and cost themselves so much. So we've done quite well riding the gradual upward wave over the years. I wouldn't bother with individual stocks at all unless you have some relationship with the company, never as a common investor.
  7. secretvampire

    MoviePass

    It will be dead within two months, and that is probably being generous.
  8. secretvampire

    Drop a Ton Challenge 2010

    My opinion on hot yoga popularity, two reasons. One, they feel like they get more flexibility from the heat, which is kind of true. But it's also kind of "cheating" for lack of a better term, you aren't usually in a 90-100 degree environment the rest of your life and I would worry about overextending, the whole point is to build heat internally anyway as you work. Two, they feel like they are working harder because they are sweating their balls off, which again, I don't need any help with. I went with a friend to a class at her studio while visiting a different city which (unknowingly until I got there) was a hot class. 80 people in a room with the heater blasting probably about 90+ degrees. About 2/3rds of the way through the hour of what was, admittedly, a difficult flow pattern anyway, I started feeling the beginnings of heat stroke. Although I made it through taking a couple of breaks, I felt off for a couple of hours afterwards. The heat basically sapped my ability to keep up at a certain point, I just don't get it. Anyway, the owner of my studio has tried to get me to come in for Ashtanga sessions which I would like to do, but I haven't been able to fit it into my schedule. It is more structured than Vinyasa (a fixed flow pattern) but it shares many of the same poses and technique of moving with your breath. https://yogasix.com/difference-vinyasa-ashtanga-yoga/ Vinyasa scratches my itch because of the variety, incorporation of music, etc. But yes, tons of studios offer a discounted all-you-can-eat plan for your first month which is a great way to go in and try a bunch of different styles to find what works for you.
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    UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    Haven't picked up a UHD in a while so I got The Matrix today after reading a ton of glowing reviews. Looking forward to giving it a spin tonight on the projector!
  10. secretvampire

    Drop a Ton Challenge 2010

    As you should, because hot yoga is hot garbage. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't...my body seems to generate an enormous amount of heat, by the end of my classes I'm generally soaked through and dripping with sweat, even though the studio is a normal 75 degrees or so, and I am the outlier in my classes in the respect. I originally thought it was because I was a beginner when I started out, but nothing has changed even though I've improved my strength and flexibility dramatically, it's just the way my body is apparently. I do vinyasa flow. It's different every time which keeps it interesting. It can be structured to move at a faster or slower pace, each has its own set of challenges. You will repeat plenty of common poses, but good instructors find different ways to string them together and there are always new poses that will get thrown in. There are endless modifications that can be made on your own as well (and good instructors will point them out as you go), allowing you to follow along easily as a complete beginner and ramp up the challenge as you become stronger and learn the finer points of the poses.
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    Drop a Ton Challenge 2010

    I'm fully with you on this, I'm not quite as far along age-wise, but I'm not far off either. I have still been doing a lot of biking, but I can only really do it a little over half the year because of the weather and I detest riding indoors/stationary. I tried yoga for the first time in January during the dregs of winter and it immediately clicked (I was also lucky to stumble into a great studio/teachers), I have now been doing pretty intensive classes on average of four times a week. It has throughly changed my body (and my life in certain ways, dealing with any anxiety or rough periods). My back soreness/any body stiffness is virtually gone, my strength is way up, and I can break into a full sprint without feeling like the wheels are about to fall off. Every muscle in my legs looks like it was carved out of wood and my top half is slowly getting there (my legs had a head start with the biking!), and all of this in about 7 months.
  12. secretvampire

    Car Wreck

    Yuck, yuck, yuck. Sorry, man. Glad everyone is okay on the surface, but definitely watch everybody for any hidden signs of injury over the coming days and weeks. I'm sure it will take a while to get over mentally for all of you.
  13. secretvampire

    Fallout 76 Trailer

    Yeah, ok, definitely down for the addition of co-op!
  14. Hahah...that was the lamest non-announcement trailer I've ever seen.
  15. secretvampire

    Cyberpunk 2077 - Trailer (CDPR)

    Also, best part of the trailer? "GAME ENGINE FOOTAGE" note in the first few seconds. Hell yeah.
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